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The Thrive Guide

Patricia Kinser and Sara Moyer (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were clearly cracks in the healthcare system for maternity and postpartum care. But during the pandemic, those cracks became much more visible. Patricia Kinser and Sara Moyer were driven to create quick change for new birthing parents, and so the Thrive Guide was born. It’s a bit like a birth plan, but for after the baby is born.

16 mins

Doula Magic

DaShaunda Taylor (Old Dominion University)

As of January 2024, twelve states, including Virginia and Washington DC, have implemented Medicaid coverage for doula care. DaShaunda Taylor is researching how access to doulas affects the health of new moms and babies.

12 mins

Japan’s Parenting Pressures

Kimiko Tanaka (James Madison University)

In Japan women who don’t have kids–either by choice or not–are a hot topic. Kimiko Tanaka explores Japanese womens’ choices about and experiences of motherhood.

9 mins

Telling Birth Stories

Elizabeth Johnson-Young (University of Mary Washington)

Giving birth is always a trauma for the body. But sometimes the experience leaves emotional trauma, as well. Elizabeth Johnson-Young is trying to understand what causes birth trauma and how people respond to its aftermath.

15 mins

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